CBA = Chronic Bike Addiction
OCD = Obsessive Cycling Disorder
mpulsiv wrote:Expecting more vertical compliance from frame X to frame Y is like splitting hair. You focus on the wrong pivot (e.g. frame) to increase comfort. Harsh aluminum frame will be more comfortable on wider tires. Instead, look for a frame that will accept at least 28mm tires and enjoy the ride below 80 psi. The industry is heading full speed in this direction to increase tire clearance.
I can assure you that a Scott Addict and a Canyon CF SLX are not in the same league regarding confort, both with the same wheels, same tyres/ pressure and both with a 27,2 superlogic seatpost. The Canyon is way more compliant, with a lot better filtering of road buzz But overall, he is also less stiff and responsive. But I'm with you that tyres can make a huge difference, but only if you compare a 23 with a 28mm tyre. Going from 23mm to 25mm (or in reality from 25 to somethig like 27) is more subtile, but noticeble.
I test rode it awhile back and do remember the whippy front end and the tight clearance.
The one other thing I disliked was the tall stack height.
The current generation S5 (2015 and on) had addressed all of my concerns, so I bought one.
It turned into one of my favorite bikes.
I run a set of Enve 4.5 on them with 25mm 4000S tires and it's actually quite comfortable for an aero bike.
I run a SES handlebar on them, and it gets up a high speed in a hurry and seems easier to hold it.
I test rode a R5 while back and it felt stiff and more lively than 55, but the ridiculous tall stack height was the deal breaker for me.
It does look like the new R5 is very similar to S5 in stack height with the 1/2 degree more laid back HT angle and longer chainstay which will make the bike more stable and comfy.
I also liooks like it will take the 28mm tires, so I maybe getting getting one in the near future.
I like the new BMC Teammachine SLR01 which also take 28mm tires but I don't like the 3year warranty on them.
I like the fact that Cervelo comes with the lifetime warranty on their frames now which provides bit of peace of mind.
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